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G. Pfusterschmied
M. Killian
Lions Grant (G. Pfusterschmied/TU, H. Hochegger/Lions)
Lions Special Price (M.Killian/TU, H.Hochegger/Lions)
Team - Jury and Prize Winner

Pictures:©Matthias Hensler/TU Wien

Lions Sponsorship 2016

In 2016 the Lions Sponsorship was awarded for the second time (call). 12 submissions from 6 faculties of the TU Wien have been examined by a jury out of members of the Lions club and the TU Wien. The applications have been evaluated by general and scientific criteria (e.g. demonstration of use of the subsidies, description of the scientific methodology, innovation degree of the work, as well as their potential).

Price Winner: Georg Pfusterschmied

Georg Pfusterschmied is a PhD-student under the supervision of Prof. Schmid at ISAS (Institute of Sensor and Actuator Systems). Basically, his research interests focus on micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), where typically standard silicon micromachining is used to create 3D structures including electrical features. In particular, this approach enables the realization of MEMS devices including electrical excitation and read-out on one single chip.

Within the scope of his thesis, Mr. Pfusterschmied develops piezoelectrically actuated MEMS resonators for the determination of physical properties of liquids such as density and viscosity. Thereby, the oscillation is damped by the surrounding fluid und gives detailed information about the viscous properties. The high level of miniaturization in combination with moderate fabrication costs due to CMOS compatibility predestinate this concept for a large variety of challenging resonator-based sensing applications in liquid media.

Mr. Pfusterschmied will embrace the opportunity and use the prize money for financing his stay at University of Melbourne in the research group of Prof. Sader, a worldwide renowned expert in the field of modelling and simulation of micro- and nano-machined resonators. Within his stay, a novel approach for the modeling of MEMS resonators in liquid environment will be investigated. To finish ongoing research, this stay is of utmost importance and will push the international research collaboration between University of Melbourne and TU Wien.

Link to the PhD-thesis

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Pfusterschmied’s resarch stay at the University of Melbourne (AUS)

From October to December 2016 Georg Pfusterschmied joined Prof. John Saders research group at the School of Mathematics and Statistics in Melbourne. Within this period he studied the properties of micro-resonators in fluids. During his stay a mathematical model for the estimation of resonance frequency and damping behavior has been developed, which can now be used for future resonator developments. 
Not alone the successful research collaboration between the TU Wien and the University of Melbourne but also the university campus in Melbourne and its appeal to the way how people work and live at the same place, impressed Pfusterschmied greatly. He clearly recommends all students to take the opportunity to go abroad for growing in a professional and personal way as well.

                                                                Pictures:©Georg Pfusterschmied/TU Wien

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Special Price for Michaela Killian

After the deadline of the Lions Sponsor Ship Michaela Killian finished her doctoral research study. But, by the reason of valuable and excellent qualifications on the scientific contributions and the high innovation of her work to the specific research society and to industry, the Lions Sponsor Ship awarded Michaela Killian with a Special Price.

Since March 2016 Michaela Killian is a Post-Doc at the Institute of Mechanics and Mechatronics, Division of Control and Process-Automation, TU Wien, guided by Prof. Stefan Jakubek. During her doctoral research study named „ Cooperative Fuzzy model predictive control of a multi-zone office building“ she was supervised by Prof. Martin Kozek.

The research area of Michaela Killian is interdisciplinary and combines the fundamentals of mathematics and the practical application side in a demonstrative way. Her research focus is the development of nonlinear complex algorithm and methods for not only scientific but also applied problem formulations. The research of Michaela Killian is a direct benefit for the whole area of building automation: simultaneously two optimization goals has to be solved, the first to guarantee user-comfort in the building, and the second to minimize CO2, which is sustainable for the environment. With the new developed controller structure, these controversial optimization goals are solved and the optima is possible to be calculated. On the one hand, the research area of Michaela Killian is scientifically challenging, and on the other hand, the direct implementation in the industry (the real building) is from high importance. The overall motivation of this special developed controller is that state-of-the-art controllers in building automation are not able to include disturbances (radiance, ambient temperature, occupancy) and predictions in the optimization criteria. Furthermore, predictive controller schemes, as the new developed one, include thermal and technical constraints, thus, the controller is able to react in advance of future disturbances and the overall optima is energy-efficient as well as the user-comfort is guaranteed.

Since buildings are nonlinear dynamic systems, the controller design is based on a Fuzzy model predictive control concept (FMPC). During Michaela Killian‘s doctoral research study this FMPC was able to be extended to a cooperative Fuzzy model predictive controller scheme (CFMPC). For this new complex and flexible CFMPC the theory has been developed from scratch, everything has been proven, and the results were published in international scientific Journals. The results and proofs of the new CFMPC extend the whole Fuzzy model predictive control theory as an enormous advantage.

An additional publication, where previously unreleased results of her doctoral research study, has been accepted for presentation during the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI 16) in Vancouver, Canada, July 2016 ( Michaela Killian uses her prize money to finance the flight to Vancouver and to pay the conference fee.

Link to the PhD-thesis

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Killians Conference Contribution in Canada

Michaela Killian attended the world-biggest international conference in the area of "computational intelligence" in Canada from 21st of July to 4th of August 2016 and presented the results of her already concluded phd-thesis. The IEEE WCCI ("world congress on computational intelligence") takes place every two years and includes the following three big conferences :

•    International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2016)
•    IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE 2016)
•    IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (IEEE CEC 2016)

The work of Michaela Killian belongs of the FUZZ-IEEE, where she already made a contribution in Peking, China, in 2014.
Her delight was great to be able to visit this thematically valuable conference also in Vancouver in 2016 again and to be able to exchange with international experts.

A few facts to be able to understand the size of this conference:
The IEEE WCCI received 3.015 paper submissions with a total of approx. 2,000 registrations from 70 countries, talks in 4-5 blocks per day with 22 parallel Sessions each including 5-7 presentations.
Besides the informative impressions on the conference, time remained for a suspended vacation to visit Vancouver and to gather impressions of Canada and its "Wild life" like bears and wales in the famous ski resort Whistler Blackcomb.

Michaela Killian is now PostDoc at the TU Wien Institute of Mechanics and Mechatronics and does further research in a succession project in the area of smart homes and intelligent energy-efficient home-automation.

publication list Michaela Killian:
Die Presse – Wissenschaft (in German):

                                                          Pictures:©Michaela Killian/TU Wien

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Vienna young Scientist Symposium (copy 1)

Within the scope of the Vienna young Scientist Symposium on Fr 10th of June the research projects were presented. The Lions Grant 2016 and the Special Price have been awarded during the following gala dinner.

Presentation M. Killian "Nachhaltige energieeffiziente Regelungskonzepte für komplexe Gebäude"

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